Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Bad Times" by Tavares

Song#:  0001
Date:  01/05/80
Debut:  93
Peak:  47
Weeks:  10
Genre:  R&B, Funk

Pop Bits:  Tavares had a run of pop and R&B hits for a decade beginning in 1973. Their biggest pop hit came in 1975 with the excellent Top 10 "It Only Takes a Minute." They were also included on the Grammy-winning soundtrack to "Saturday Night Fever" performing "More Than a Woman." Tavares consisted of five brothers and they started out the 80s with this Top 10 R&B hit. The song was originally in a film called "Defiance" starring Jan-Michael Vincent, but performed by the composer Gerald McMahon.

ReduxReview:  A nice mid-tempo groove with some good horn lines and a slinky opening that conjures up images of a tough NYC neighborhood. A few "can you dig it" lines thrown in the chorus completes the pictures. This is a solid entry from an underrated group

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  Tavares had a #1 R&B hit with a remake of Hall & Oates' "She's Gone."



  1. If this were about 4 minutes long, I'd be much more inclined to not "meh" it. However, the Sportify version does run too long. - M

    1. I agree - couldn't find the single version which probably benefited from a nice edit.

  2. Chart Run: 93 - 95 - 82 - 73 - 62 - 53 - 47 - 47 - 88 - 100